N.C. State University hosts international student group

More than 80 university students from the United States and abroad attended a summit at N.C. State University April 11-13 to learn about agriculture and tourism in North Carolina and to explore interests in international agriculture.

N.C. State is hosting the U.S. national summit of the International Association of students of Agricultural and related Sciences (IAAS). Students attending the summit represent 16 universities from five countries, including the U.S., Canada, Guatemala, Liberia and Brazil.

“The focus of the summit is to bring together students in agriculture and life sciences to talk about issues on an international scale,” said Lynn Clark II, a graduate student in business administration at N.C. State and one of the summit organizers. Clark said many of the students are interested in working in the area of international agricultural development.

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Students enjoy a meal during their summit at N.C. State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Delegates arrived in Raleigh on April 11 and left Friday morning for a tour of eastern North Carolina that included stops in Duplin, Bladen and New Hanover counties. The group visited D’Vine Foods, EJ Cox Peanut Plant, Fort Fisher Aquarium and Duplin Winery.

Saturday, April 13 was a full day of IAAS business at N.C. State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The group heard from administrators in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, elected new national officers and more. All delegates presented information about their colleges and agriculture in their home states or countries.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the IAAS Summit website:

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